Kole—13, September 2020: Three candidates who lost in the NRM primary elections to hold the party flag as district LC5 aspirant in the general elections have vowed to contest in the main elections on an independent ticket.
The hot race attracted six candidates, including incumbent, Hon. Betty Akoli Nam, Andrew Moses Awany (former Alebtong RDC), Moses Angor Ongom, Bobby Sam Ongom Olet, Bonny Ferdinand Okello Alele and Moses Oteng.
On Saturday morning, Kole district NRM electoral officer, Mr Joseph Ogwal Oyuku, declared Andrew Moses Awany as the winner and a NRM flag bearer for LC5 seat.
According to a declaration result form, Andrew Awany polled 30,438 votes followed by Bonny Okello Alele with 21,178 votes.
Others are Moses Angor Ongom who polled 7,292 votes, Akoli Betty Nam got 2,123; Moses Oteng 554 votes and Bobby Sam Ongom Olet garnered 309 votes.
There were 61,380 valid votes, Mr Oyuku.
These results, however, never well with three losers, including Batty Akoli Nam, Moses Angor, the speaker of Kole district Council and Bonny Okello Alele.
They all rejected the election results and claimed that there were a lot of irregularities.
Betty Akoli Nam says the result was concocted and not matching what they have at hand, which gives her opportunity to stand as an independent candidate in the general elections.
She claimed that her result at Olipa polling station where she voted from was indicating that she got zero vote yet she got 109 votes, and that the one for a purported winner, Awany, was 3 votes but was again read as 300 votes which bring doubts.
Speaking to a local radio, Dokolo FM from Kole district, Bonny Okello Alele claimed that the primary elections had been marred with intimidation and vote rigging. He also accused Andrew Moses Awang of bribing the voters.
Moses Angor Ongom also says the result did not go down well with him, and that whether the petition favours him, he will contest as an independent since he has massive support.
Joseph Ogwal Oyuku, the Kole District NRM electoral officer, says he has received a petition from Bonny Okello Alele.
Mr Oyuku adds that he has forwarded Alele’s petition to the NRM Secretariat in Kampala for consideration.